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London enthralled by PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012.

London enthralled by PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012.

David Franchi – 22nd October 2012

“its an interesting combination of different categories”

Robert Indiana, Love, 1966-69, © Pavilion of Art and Design

London PAD 2012 was a fascinating event. The PAD – Pavilion of Art and Design 2012, at its 6th edition has been organised again in its usual location on Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

PAD – Pavilion of Arts and Design 2012 has seen 60 leading galleries from Europe, the USA and Asia, including 18 new participants. Granted by Moët Hennessy, this year the new PAD Prize has been launched and it has been won by “Lunar Work” (2012) by Will Shannon.

PAD London is organised by the Société d’Organisation Culturelle (SOC) which was founded in 1996 by Patrick Perrin. In 1997 he created what has since become one of the most anticipated cultural events in France, the Pavillon des Arts et du Design Paris. Formerly known as DesignArt London, the PAD London fair was founded in 2007. Since 2009 the fair has taken a new turn, now focusing on modern art and design from 1860 to today.

The key point with PAD London is its interesting combination of different categories of art and design, such as contemporary design, historical 20th Century design, modern art, artist jewellery and tribal art.

TRIBAL ART. The presence of Tribal Art at the fair is reinforced by the extraordinary collection of Pre- Columbian art showcased at Galerie Mermoz (Paris), which presents a spectacular ceramic Mayan vase (550-850AD) as well as a ceremonial head of Hacha representing the god Xipe Totec (450-750 AD), both from Mexico.

ARTIST JEWELLERY. Focusing on decorative arts and jewellery by some of the world’s most talented metal workers, newcomer Caroline Van Hoek (Brussels) brings stunning vases by Belgian silversmith David Huycke. Conceptual artists Ilya & Emilia Kabakov have been commissioned by Elisabetta Cipriani (London) to create The Fly series of jewellery, all using Kabakov’s familiar motif. The necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring are all made out of gold, emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. French designer Vincent Darré has created bold new furniture pieces inspired by 12 original tapestries by Alexander Calder, which were on display on the stand of Galerie du Passage (Paris). The tapestries are hand woven in maguey fibre. They were made in Guatemala to help the local population after 1970’s earthquake (Managua), two years prior to Calder’s death. Korean design specialists Gallery Seomi (Seoul) features furniture which combines both Korean aesthetic traditions and contemporary techniques, exemplified by designer Bae Sehwa’s elegantly curved walnut benches and desks. French designer André Dubreuil is renowned for his furniture and porcelain pieces using a combination of wood, metals and enamel. His new works created for Pearl Lam Design (Shanghai/Hong Kong) included a vibrant enamel cabinet handcrafted in his workshop in France and a luxurious enamel cloisonné table made in Elmwood. Dubreuil’s frequent visits to China have deeply influenced his work, taking inspiration from the elaborate traditions and techniques of Chinese craftsmanship.

Initially known for his jewellery creations, Hervé Van der Straeten (Paris) has since gained recognition for his furniture design. Creating only unique and limited edition pieces, Van der Straeten designs and produces everything in his bronze and cabinetmaking workshops just outside of Paris. With a focus in contemporary Scandinavian design, Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris) showed SKY (2012), a new piece by Danish designer Astrid Krogh. With an inspiration by Ikat fabric, Krogh weaves incredible large-scale textiles using traditional techniques and thin fibre optic cables.  Working from the emerging and vibrant design community of Sao Paulo, Brazilian design duo Fernando & Humberto Campana create visually rich pieces repurposed from familiar everyday materials. The stainless steel Fitas Buffet (2012), shown at Carpenters Workshop Gallery (London/Paris), uses reclaimed ‘Fitas’ which are typically found as staples in shipping crates.

MODERN ART. For the first-time, four prominent American dealers, Castelli Gallery, L&M Arts, Skarstedt Gallery andPaul

Joan Miro’, Personnages et Oiseaux, 1963, © PAD- Pavilion of Art and Design

Kasmin Gallery, come together to present a striking panorama of Pop Art, with a particular focus on Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. An additional six new modern art galleries feature renowned works with an exceptional provenance and history. Mayoral Galeria d’Art (Barcelona) presents Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled–The Origin of Cotton (1987), never before shown in Europe and originally from a private collection in the USA. Two colourful abstract works by Swiss painter Gerard Schneider, both from 1968, feature at Galerie Diane de Polignac (Paris), also never seen on the market before. Galerie Thomas (Munich) exhibits Fernand Léger’s masterpiece Les deux femmes à l’oiseau (1942). Olyvia Fine Art (Seoul/ London) showcases paintings by Yayoi Kusama, Liu Ye, Yoshitomo Nara and Zeng Fanzhi, alongside Andy Warhol’s portraits of Chairman Mao from 1972. Returning gallery Luxembourg & Dayan (New York/ London) presents a one-man show of American artist Rob Pruitt’s newest Panda Paintings, in an evocative setting of artworks and artefacts from various periods of China’s history. Alexander Calder’s black untitled stabile mobile (1967) at Galerie Vedovi (Brussels/Paris) is a fantastic example of the artist’s revolutionary breakthrough in which abstraction and movement push toward a new form of expression. In the realm of photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery (London) exhibits an extremely rare collaboration of André Villers and Pablo Picasso from the time when they worked together in Cannes in the 1950s.

The centrepiece at Waddington Custot Galleries (London), this smaller version of Indiana’s red LOVE sculpture (1966-2000) doubles as a piece of classic design whilst still engaging critically on the subject of semiotics and encouraging public engagement with art. Presented by Dickinson (London /New York), Yayoi Kusama’s The West (1960) was completed shortly after her move to New York, and is an excellent example of the artist’s signature Infinity Net paintings. These paintings question the line between illusion and reality as their appearance shifts within the period of the viewer’s perception. The Japanese artist Tomoyoshi Murayama, who probably acquired this watercolour and Indian ink on paper by Wassily Kandinsky, Untitled (1918) around 1922, was a student in Berlin when he saw the artist’s work, on display at PAD- Pavilion of Art and Design at Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière (Geneva). Murayama took back several watercolours to Japan which he had purchased in Berlin and wrote a monograph on Kandinsky which was published in Tokyo in 1925.

Cubist Tree (1965) is a rare and wonderful example of Hockney’s early works on paper. During the first part of the sixties Hockney began to treat drawing as a self-contained practice through which he could explore a high degree of stylistic diversity. Cubist Tree is an important example from this period with a great exhibition history; it has been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, Paris, throughout the United States and Canada and will be displayed at Offer Waterman (London) at PAD. Egon Schiele’s watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper, Portrait of Anton Peschka Jr. (1917), presented by Richard Nagy (London), is one of the few portraits of children where the artist had a personal investment. Henry Moore’s work on paper, Ideas for Sculpture (1940), at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York), is one of the finest of a series of elaborate studies the artist executed for sculpture ideas. The composition displays extraordinary vigour and richness of technique. Created by Pop Art artist Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Goldfish and Nude (1999) is clearly inspired by Henri Matisse’s still lifes and nudes, the earlier artist being one of Wesselmann’s main influences. Shown by Galerie Pascal Lansberg (Paris), it is a typical example of the artist’s work, and the Liquitex on Bristol board piece is fresh to the market.

Jean Dubuffet, Réchaud -Four à Gaz V, 1 March 1966, © PAD Pavilion of Art and Design

HISTORICAL 20th CENTURY DESIGN. Scandinavian design of the 20th Century experts Dansk Møbelkunst (Copenhagen/Paris) presented a rare Hans J. Wegner Swivel Chair (1955). Wegner designed the iconic chair for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. Møbelkunst also have had on show an especially rare white ceramic Surrea vase (circa 1940) by Swedish artist Wilhelm Kåge. Jean-David Botella (Paris) showed François-Xavier Lalanne & Kazuhide Takahama’s Ultramobile Screen (circa 1971) from the Collezione Simon. Also Botella displayed a very rare Ombelle Mirror (circa 1960) by Line Vautrin. The mirror has been in private hands for over 20 years and comes from the collection of a famous French furniture dealer. Also on display was a pair of Jean Després candlesticks (circa 1930). Only two versions of the candlesticks were ever made; one was shown by Botella at PAD and the other pair is in the collection of the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. Jean Royère expert Galerie Jacques Lacoste (Paris) brought the artist’s brass and black marble Tour Eiffel Console (circa 1952) to PAD. The console has not been seen by the public for some time as it was acquired directly from the family of the first owner. Lacoste also presented Max Ingrand and Gilbert Poillerat’s Table (1950s), which was created for Ingrand’s home and has remained in his family ever since. A pair of Vases Arcade designed by Emile Reiber featured at Blairman & Sons Ltd (London). The patinated copper and silver vases were manufactured by Christofle et Cie in France at Sain-Denis, circa 1870, and come from a private Swiss collection. Modernity (Stockholm) showed a spectacular chest of drawers by Ture Ryberg, originally designed for the Paris world exhibition of 1925. The piece is a classic Art Deco design, featuring various wood inlays, Bakelite handles and a top made of Swedish Kolmårds marble. Galleria Rossella Colombari (Milan) presented two very important and rare handwritten letters by Italian post-war designer Gio Ponti from the 1970s. They are written to Louise Mendelsohn, the wife of German architect Erich Mendelsohn, when she was living in California after her husband’s death. Ponti handwrote the letters then drew in colour on top of his writing.

PAD- Pavilion of Art and Design London, at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.

From 10th October to 14th October

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